Pioneering the possibilities - 3 innovative projects

25 May 2017 Kingspan Group

As a global leader, it’s important to look at others pioneering the possibilities of innovation, sustainability and design.

The visionaries in our industry are currently transforming communities around the world, and we are witnessing the very best in building.
Here are three projects from around the globe that you need to know about right now:

1. The Louvre Abu Dhabi

Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC) Abu Dhabi brokered a deal with the Louvre in Paris in 2007 to adopt the Louvre name, lend works of art and stage exhibitions as a bid to create a cultural hub. Ten years on, the Louvre Abu Dhabi will open its doors later in 2017.
Appointed architects, Jean Nouvel, designed a museum that combines regional traditions with modern architecture. The dome shape is symbolic of sacred spaces in Arab towns, while a traditional Falaj canal flows between the 12 permanent galleries. The dome is given a contemporary feel through the perforated effect that creates a delicate, lace-like form. The desert sun pierces through the gaps to create a magical ‘rain of light’.
Similarly to its sister in Paris, the Louvre Abu Dhabi’s most recognisable feature is the roof. The only flat roofing insulation available in the local market to match this specification was Kingspan Therma PIR Insulation.

2. Courthouse Breda – The Netherlands

The Dutch city of Breda will open the doors of its new courthouse in early 2018. The building will be the new home for the city’s courthouse, the Public Prosecutor and the Child Care and Protection Board. The goal for the courthouse is that it will be authoritative, yet accessible to all, while still showcasing contemporary design.
It was also important that the building would be coherent for the three important organisations, while still giving them their own independence.  The sheer height of the building symbolises the court's authority, while the layering represents the independence of the separate organisations and the large windows give a transparent and open feel to the building.
The courthouse is built with a sustainable future in mind. It is positioned to best utilise daylight and solar heat, with weather-responsive facades at every level. Kingspan Kooltherm XPS Insulation and Kingspan Therma PIR Insulation were used to insulate the building, help it run as efficiently as possible and limit the impact on the environment.

3. Uppsala University Hospital Sweden

Uppsala University Hospital in Sweden is currently undergoing a major modernisation. By 2023, the hospital will be totally transformed through both renovation and new buildings. One impressive project, soon to be completed, is the new patient care building. The building will span across nine floors, and will contain 96 single patient rooms, 10 operating rooms, as well as more consulting rooms. Within the new premises there will also be a medical health centre with day care rooms and dialysis areas as well as an auditorium.
The building is not only impressive in terms of structure and size but those involved have also made a commitment to safety and sustainability. The aim is to certify the building according to the Swedish environmental classification system at the highest level; gold. Kingspan Insulation was on hand to help the hospital achieve this goal through the use of two products Kooltherm phenolic insultation and Therma PIR Insulation for the walls and roof. Energy efficiency and sustainability are important elements of this project, but the hospital cannot compromise on the safety of patients, visitors and hospital staff, particularly when it comes to fire safety. This was a critical factor when deciding on insulation materials. The new patient care building is said to open later this year.
These projects showcase the innovation happening in design and construction right now. They also are great examples of how to meet the demands of many, while using local products and treating the environment with respect. Of course these buildings are just a handful of the impressive projects currently transforming our cities and towns all over the world.  

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